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Mosquito eggs float on the surface of a pond. The insecticide Bti is used to kill mosquito larvae, but it could also harm frogs. (Shutterstock)

Are mosquito-killing natural pesticides unintentionally harming frogs?

The insecticide Bti kills target organisms like mosquitoes and blackflies, but new research shows it may also have negative effects on non-target species like frogs.
The swelling affects people’s lives in a multitude of ways. Maggie Steber for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Why it’s hard to end elephantiasis, a debilitating disease spread by mosquitoes

The main sign of the illness is disfiguring swelling followed by peeling of the affected area. In women this swelling mainly affects arms and legs. In men it can cause enlargement of the scrotum.
The Aedes mosquito can transmit several viruses including dengue, yellow fever and Zika. Joao Paulo Burini/GettyImages

Three things you should know about mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are among the deadliest animals in the world. Half of the deaths attributed to them are associated with malaria. But they carry other parasites and viruses that threaten human health.

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